Thursday, 29 December 2011

ROY G. BIV Hair Project - Part 3

I had originally planned to get my next colour done at the hairdressers but I couldn't face going even though my hair desperately needed bleaching, so I got my Mum to help me do my dark roots at home using a L'Oreal ash blonde semi-permanent colour (can't remember exactly what it was called now) and luckily it turned the hair light enough to put another colour over the top, which was a huge relief!
If I had been going to hairdressers I would have gone for a blue colour next but as this was the first time that myself and my Mum had done it alone, I decided that it would be best to do a light colour first.....so yellow it was!

The colour I used was Manic Panic Electric Banana. I wouldn't have believed that it would be possible to get your hair this colour, it's like proper fluorescent yellow but I really like it a lot!








Mistletoe and Wine

....Well actually I didn't have either of those but I did have a little glass of bucks fizz and a sip of sherry. Anyway, I thought i'd share some pictures from Christmas Day. Father Christmas was very generous this year.


 Main Christmas Tree


The other tree


Rosa climbing up it. Naughty girl!


My vegetarian dinner


Most of my Christmas presents from my Mum


Most of my presents from my Nana (I got some early)
Gee I wish i'd arranged the tea set better!

My festive beret


Overall my Christmas was better than I expected, I don't usually enjoy it at all but this year it was okay. I hope that everyone else had a good and got everything they wished for.




Saturday, 24 December 2011

Thrift-Ola Take 3

Thrift-Ola had a 50% off sale on last week so I couldn't resist treating myself to a few items! Well it is Christmas after all!

Here's what I got:

 I'm probably going to put a little plant in this.


 I love this! (This one is a 'proper' plant pot)! 
I've also just realised that this picture is wonky. Oops.


 Another Pierrot trinket dish to add to my collection.


Material from a 1960s pair of curtains.
Might make some cushion covers with it.


Be sure to check out Thrift-Ola for more one of a kind second hand finds!



Wednesday, 21 December 2011

(F)artbox

I had so much fun making my Firebox post that I decided to do another one about another of my newly discovered favourite websites, Artbox (I know i'm a bit late off the mark)!
I found making a wishlist on this site slightly more labourious than on Firebox (it doesn't have the 'continue shopping' button which means you have to press backspace a few times to get to the page you were at before) but here are some of my top picks:



 Moomin Washbag: Woodland





 Artbox Socks: I'm Happy Cat





Loungefly I Love Ice Cream T-Shirt





 Hello Kitty Stacking Mugs

 


Moomin Snorkmaiden Plate


Artbox Ruled Heart Notebook




Sugar Hotel Milk Handwarmer 



All these can be found at www.artbox.co.uk


Friday, 16 December 2011

Graze Box - A Review

I received a voucher for 2 free graze boxes from the lovely Polly at This Enchanted Pixie and I wasted no time in redeeming them.

I had heard quite a few things about graze boxes in the past and was intrigued by them, but never really checked them out properly as I knew that I couldn't afford to have a subscription, so this was the perfect opportunity to banish my curiosity.
I had no problems logging onto the site and setting up an account or creating my list of available foods that I wanted to try. I was however slightly concerned when I was asked for my credit card details as I didn't want to be tied into any sort of contract or subscription due to the afore mentioned reason. After reading the FAQs on the site I was assured that I could cancel my deliveries as soon as i'd received my 2 free boxes, so I somewhat reluctantly registered my card details on the site.
My first box was due to arrive on Tuesday but didn't end up arriving until Thursday, the day that my second box was supposed to arrive (which incidentally hasn't arrived yet either). I understand that it's Christmas and everything but i'd have been pretty cheesed off if i'd have been paying for the service, especially since they can send you perishable items in the boxes such as olives.
Anyway, it arrived and I was pretty excited. It was packaged beautifully in a fully recycled and recyclable box:


And it even had a cute little napkin (made from fully recycled paper of course!):

Note: Isn't the picture on the bottom of the box just gorgeous!?! I'm gonna cut it out and use it for future craft projects!

The company offers two types of boxes - the nutrition plan, and the nibble box. I chose the latter as it is the one which has the maximum variety. 
You also get a little nutrition card inside your box telling you about all the nutritional values of each food and the expiration dates. Here's what it looks like:


 I love that it's personalised with my name!


Now for the really exciting part - WHAT DID I GET?!?
Well, in each box you get 4 punnets and the first one I ate was the natural vanilla seeds. 


Now, I didn't have particularly high hopes for these as although I do like sunflower seeds, I wouldn't go mad for them but these were so good. They were surprisingly sweet but I did think that they were quite calorific considering how many you got in the punnet (not all that many). Despite that, if I was to carry on subscribing I wouldn't mind being sent them again. 
The next thing I ate was the love mix. Which consists of dried apricots, cherries and goji berries.

I'd heard a lot about goji berries, so I was really excited to try them but unfortunately I only managed to eat a few before I gave up. They were too perfumed for my tastes. The cats seemed to loved them though (and I did check beforehand that it was okay for them to eat them)! The apricots and the cherries were really nice but I probably wouldn't order these again because of the goji berries. 

Next up was the Korean chilli rice crackers. 

I was most excited about trying these as I love anything hot and I was pretty sure that I would like them - and I did, they were gorgeous. For me they weren't that hot but I think people who aren't really into spicy food would struggle with them. That said though, I don't think that they are overly hot. I would definitely get these again.

I was pretty much full up from the first 3 punnets so I didn't manage to eat the fruit and seed flapjack until the next day.


This certainly tasted very natural! I'm not gonna say that I didn't like it, I just wouldn't rush to get another one. I think the main reason is because i'm so used to have the full-fat-chocolate-coated ones. I think I could get used to it eventually though. 

So i'm looking forward to receiving my next box soon and i've already deleted my account and my credit card details from the site, which I would strongly advise you to do when canceling your deliveries as i've heard that some people still get charged after cancellation if they don't - you can always enter your card details again if and when you decide that you want to start receiving boxes again.




Monday, 12 December 2011

Fizzling Fireboxes!

I do love a good novelty Christmas present or two, and until this year Hawkin's Bazaar had done the job, but a few months ago I 'discovered' Firebox. It seems to have a bit more choice than Hawkin's Bazaar and although it's ever so slightly more expensive, i'd say that their products are of a better quality.

I had great fun making a wishlist on their site the other day (this isn't a hinting for presents post by the way!) and here are a few of my top picks:

 
Camera Lens Mug



 Star Wars Chop Sabers




Picnic Table Condiment Set




Fight Club Soap


 
Log and Squirrel Plant Pot




 Michael Fish Fridge Magnet Set


Pac-Man Cookie Cutters

I think i'd better stop there before I get too carried away! All of these and much more can be found at Firebox. I highly recommend you go check it out!







Thursday, 8 December 2011

SunDog


Does anyone remember these? It was cheese flavoured popcorn and I really liked it but obviously nobody else did as it was only on sale for about a year in the late 90s before it was discontinued. And they were only 15p!
This packet isn't the original one as I couldn't find a good enough picture of it (I spent ages trawling the internet looking for one. Saddo.) but there is one for sale on eBay and I am seriously considering buying it!

Also, does anyone remember the champagne flavoured Crunchie that Cadbury's brought out to celebrate the millennium? I remember going to my local newsagents to buy one and thinking that they would turn me away because I was under 18. HA! They were so nice and are up there at the top of the list of discontinued food products that I really wish would come back.



There are loads of other stuff I wish would come back. I may have to do another blog on it sometime in the future. :D



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A Dream Come True


The title is a bit of a piss take but i've wanted one of these since I was about 4 years old! I remember seeing the school cleaner with her little Henry (I think they only had him back then but there are about 5 different varieties now) and begging my Mum to get one but it never happened. I had seen one on eBay for a very reasonable price so I bought it only to receive a phone call a few hours later telling me that my Nana had bought me one too! I wait years for one then two come along at once!

She also came with a Henry power mop which has the cute face on and everything but i've not unboxed him yet.

I know it's sad but i'm so excited about it!



Friday, 2 December 2011

The Perils of Having Kittens


They do this to you face!
And arms.
And legs.
And everywhere else!


It's not just me that's getting all the abuse. Seriously, if you want nice things in your house then don't get kittens! Their hit list so far is:

A pair of brand new pair of slipper socks (I'd only worn them once)
A mobile phone charger
A handmade sock monkey (I made it myself and was gonna blog about it but they had other ideas!)
A Pirates of the Caribbean poster
A porcelain Siamese cat
All my 'New Home' cards
MY PATIENCE!

Putting my voiles and curtains back up is now becoming a daily chore (they seem to be very fond of climbing up them). I know that there is a website called something like 'Shit My Kids Wrecked' - they should bloody make one for cats! 

I can't help but love them though.